Proverbs 13

1 A son who heeds his father's discipline is wise, but a scoffer doesn't listen to rebuke.
2 A [good] man enjoys good as a result of what he says, but the essence of the treacherous is violence.
3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but one who talks too much comes to ruin.
4 The lazy person wants but doesn't have; the diligent get their desires filled.
5 A righteous person hates lying, but the wicked is vile and disgraceful.
6 Righteousness protects him whose way is honest, but wickedness brings down the sinner.
7 There are those with nothing who pretend they are rich, also those with great wealth who pretend they are poor.
8 The rich man may have to ransom his life, but a poor man gets no threats.
9 The light of the righteous [shines] joyfully, but the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.
10 Insolence produces only strife, but wisdom is found with those who take advice.
11 Wealth gotten by worthless means dwindles away, but he who amasses it by hard work will increase it.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 He who despises a word will suffer for it, but he who respects a command will be rewarded.
14 The teaching of a wise man is a fountain of life, enabling one to avoid deadly traps.
15 Good common sense produces grace, but the way of the treacherous is rough.
16 Every cautious person acts with knowledge, but a fool parades his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into evil, but a faithful envoy brings healing.
18 Poverty and shame are for him who won't be taught, but he who heeds reproof will be honored.
19 Desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but turning away from evil is abhorrent to fools.
20 He who walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools will suffer.
21 Evil pursues sinners, but prosperity will reward the righteous.
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren, but the wealth of a sinner is stored up for the righteous.
23 The fields of the poor may yield much food, but some are swept away because of injustice.
24 He who fails to use a stick hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
25 The righteous person eats his fill, but the belly of the wicked is empty.

Proverbs 13 Commentary

Chapter 13

Verse 1 There is great hope of those that reverence their parents. There is little hope of any who will not hear those that deal faithfully with them. Verse 2 . By our words we must be justified or condemned, ( Verse 3 ) . He that thinks before he speaks, that suppresses evil if he have thought it, keeps his soul from a great deal both of guilt and grief. Many a one is ruined by an ungoverned tongue. Verse 4 . The slothful desire the gains the diligent get, but hate the pains the diligent take; therefore they have nothing. This is especially true as to the soul. Verse 5 . Where sin reigns, the man is loathsome. If his conscience were awake, he would abhor himself, and repent in dust and ashes. Verse 6 . An honest desire to do right, preserves a man from fatal mistakes, better than a thousand fine-drawn distinctions. Verse 7 . Some who are really poor, trade and spend as if they were rich: this is sin, and will be shame, and it will end accordingly. Some that are really rich, would be thought to be poor: in this there is want of gratitude to God, want of justice and charity to others. There are many hypocrites, empty of grace, who will not be convinced of their poverty. There are many fearing Christians, who are spiritually rich, yet think themselves poor; by their doubts, and complaints, and griefs, they make themselves poor. Verse 8 . Great riches often tempt to violence against those that possess them; but the poor are free from such perils. Verse 9 . The light of the righteous is as that of the sun, which may be eclipsed and clouded, but will continue: the Spirit is their Light, he gives a fulness of joy: that of the wicked is as a lamp of their own kindling, easily put out. Verse 10 . All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. Disputes would be easily prevented or ended, if it were not for pride. Verse 11 . Wealth gotten by dishonesty or vice, has a secret curse, which will speedily waste it. Verse 12 . The delay of what is anxiously hoped for, is very painful to the mind; obtaining it is very pleasant. But spiritual blessings are chiefly intended. Verse 13 . He that stands in awe of God, and reverences his word, shall escape destruction, and be rewarded for his godly fear. Verse 14 . The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness. Verse 15 . The way of sinners is hard upon others, and hard to the sinner himself. The service of sin is slavery; the road to hell is strewed with the thorns and thistles that followed the curse. Verse 16 . It is folly to talk of things of which we know nothing, and to undertake what we are no way fit for. Verse 17 . Those that are wicked, and false to Christ and to the souls of men, do mischief, and fall into mischief; but those that are faithful, find sound words healing to others and to themselves. Verse 18 . He that scorns to be taught, will certainly be brought down. Verse 19 . There are in man strong desires after happiness; but never let those expect any thing truly sweet to their souls, who will not be persuaded to leave their sins. Verse 20 . Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. And all that make themselves wicked will be destroyed. Verse 21 . When God pursues sinners he is sure to overtake them; and he will reward the righteous. Verse 22 . The servant of God who is not anxious about riches, takes the best method of providing for his children. Verse 23 . The poor, yet industrious, thrive, though in a homely manner, while those who have great riches are often brought to poverty for want of judgment. Verse 24 . He acts as if he hated his child, who, by false indulgence, permits sinful habits to gather strength, which will bring sorrow here, and misery hereafter. Verse 25 . It is the misery of the wicked, that even their sensual appetites are always craving. The righteous feeds on the word and ordinances, to the satisfying of his soul with the promises of the gospel, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of life.

Proverbs 13 Commentaries

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